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LATEST CASE NUMBERS
As of Friday, December 4, Montana reports a cumulative total of 66,436 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,254 new cases since yesterday, 16,492 active cases, and 49,217 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 2,810 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 483 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 727 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.
As of Nov. 20, a state mask mandate is in effect in all Montana counties regardless of active case count.
Gov. Steve Bullock has announced new public health orders, including limits on gathering sizes and restaurant and bar operations, in response to a continued surge of new COVID-19 infections in Montana.
As COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrolled across Montana, four hospitals are operating beyond their capacity, schools and businesses are closing and officials are pleading for people to follow public health guidance.
Nine months since the coronavirus pandemic began afflicting the country, some of Montana’s most highly populated correctional facilities are swamped with disease spread that shows no sign of being contained.